Bringing the holidays to life while creating hope for children with critical illnesses

(BPT) – For many families, the holidays mark a time full of celebration, love and joy. Loved ones gather to celebrate cherished holidays, reflect on the year behind them, and enjoy quality time together. But for the families of children with critical illnesses, the holidays will look much different as they are spent in children’s hospitals or navigating a scary diagnosis. The warmth, comfort and joy that so many of us associate with the holiday season will be lost for a child who is isolated and vulnerable. As Make-A-Wish® continues to grant wishes that are waiting, many children are finding hope and joy as they plan their upcoming wish or see their wish granted.

For wish kid Shore, her wish was to experience one of the best parts of the holidays – snow! As a Hawaii native, she had never experienced snow before. A few years ago, Shore’s wish to see snow was granted through a life-changing trip to Utah.

Much like Shore, many children will get to experience the holiday joy of snow with a visit to Great Wolf Lodge for their annual Snowland celebration. In addition to daily snow showers in the lobby, visits with Santa, festive dance parties, holiday stories and more special in-lodge activities, families will be able to join Great Wolf Lodge in sharing in the excitement of the season with Make-A-Wish. At select lodges, families can rent Snowland Cabanas, complete with special décor and inner tubes, snacks and more. For each reservation of a Snowland Cabana, Great Wolf Lodge will donate $10 to Make-A-Wish. Families can also purchase special Santa Hat Wolf Ears at select outlets in the lodge for $6.99, with a $2 donation from each purchase going to Make-A-Wish. These exciting opportunities to give back are available in lodges now until Jan. 5, 2022.

Great Wolf Lodge is welcoming wish kids back into their lodges and supporting the mission of Make-A-Wish to grant the wish of every eligible child. Learn how you can help Make-A-Wish grant more wishes for children with critical illnesses at

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